Arts and the People

Archive Report

The Higher Culture in a Democratic Society

President kennedy will shortly announce the appointment of up to 30 leaders in the various arts to serve with heads of federal agencies as the President's Advisory Council on the Arts.1 Instituted by executive order on June 12, the Council will be the first federal body solely concerned with the broad range of American cultural life; its prescribed functions are to study the state of the arts in the nation and to advise the government on ways to encourage and protect a high level of cultural activity.2

The President's recognition of the significant role of the arts in American life comes at a time when popular interest in cultural affairs is so widespread and intense as to have been ...

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